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Where Do Babies of Chickens (And Other Living Things) Come From? [vBeta]

Coming Soon - anticipated release date IN SPRING 2018



This middle school unit kicks off with news reports of the growing prevalence of backyard chicken coops across the country.  Disagreements about why some chicken eggs turn into chickens and others don't, as well competing models about what is going on inside an egg before it hatches, spark student questions and ideas for investigations to figure out where babies of chickens come from and how they develop.  These investigations lead them to uncover the role of fertilization, food, blood, cell division, and tissue development, in supporting the growth and release of energy in embryos of all living thing, as well as the growth of babies into adults, for a variety different kinds of organisms.



The development of this storyline is sponsored, in part, by a Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) awarded to the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Northwestern University.  Alpha pilots are currently underway.  Contact Barbara Hug <> for more details.